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    Hi there,
    I just got my first leo from a reptile show about 2 months ago. Their tail was nice and inflated when I first got them but it looks like it's deflated since then.
    Here is what they looked like when I first picked them up:
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    At first they were pretty shy, would only eat occasionally.
    I've tried doing lots of things, from gutting the mealworms, then trying crickets, dubia roaches, and even waxworms. They're still pretty slow at eating. I usually have to keep picking up/dropping the waxworms in front of them a few times before they'll eat one. I will get them to eat maybe 2 before they're disinterested. He has a cool and warm side, a moist and regular hide too. I used to have more rocks but the crickets/worms would run around them and the leo wouldn't be able to find them.
    This is current pics of today and his tank setup:
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    Should I take them to the vet? Is there anything else I should do???

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    When a captive reptile has lost its appetite, the very first thing to look at is temperature. Do they have a hot spot around 90f?

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    Yeah i have a heating pad under the right side of the tank that is about 90 degrees

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    There also needs to be a secure, damp hiding place. I use small plastic containers with and entrance hole cut in the side, with damp media such as coco coir or moss. It should be over the hot spot. Have you verified with a thermometer that it is 90f inside the enclosure?
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    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited!

    Here's a visual of a warm humid hide:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herpin Man View Post
    There also needs to be a secure, damp hiding place. I use small plastic containers with and entrance hole cut in the side, with damp media such as coco coir or moss. It should be over the hot spot. Have you verified with a thermometer that it is 90f inside the enclosure?
    I have my damn hide on the cool side but i can switch it. I have moss in mine and it's a nice little dark rock. I spray it with water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rahzr View Post
    I have my damn hide on the cool side but i can switch it. I have moss in mine and it's a nice little dark rock. I spray it with water.
    Damp hide*

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    The inflated part of your leo's tail almost seems like a reaction from an insect bite. I'm glad that the "inflation" has disappeared.

    Please move your damp hide onto the heat mat. The heat keeps the humidity up. Leos use their humid hides for shedding and for staying hydrated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    The inflated part of your leo's tail almost seems like a reaction from an insect bite. I'm glad that the "inflation" has disappeared.

    Please move your damp hide onto the heat mat. The heat keeps the humidity up. Leos use their humid hides for shedding and for staying hydrated.
    I'm not sure if he was bitten before i got him but since then I'm sure no bug has bit him. I moved his moist hide to the heated part this morning so I'll see how he does. Thank you for all your help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rahzr View Post
    I'm not sure if he was bitten before i got him but since then I'm sure no bug has bit him. I moved his moist hide to the heated part this morning so I'll see how he does. Thank you for all your help!
    You're welcome.

    Let us know if you have other questions.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside a vivarium <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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